Day two of our weekend starts with a shopping trip to Rozzano, a suburb of Milan. The supermarket might not be Peck Emporium in Milan bit the selection is still staggering. We are trying to stock up for a picnic later in the day but quickly find that we wander along the shopping isles in amazement at the variety available.
Take the simple Mozzarella for example. There are at least 7 different brands of normal mozzarella then you ad in the smoked and buffalo versions and you could open your own formagery right there! The cured meat and other accompaniments are a joy to any foodie and we walk down the aisles in food heaven.
There is the option to have your wine of choice bottled in your presence and we choose a lovely Montepulciano rosso. Dolce is not forgotten so loaded with cannoli, fresh strawberries and Ferrero Rocher pocket coffees we head off the Pavia for a picnic feast.
Pavia is a university town just south of Milan. If you venture past the industrial looking outskirts you are rewarded with a beautiful city centre that dates back to the 13th century, making the university one of the oldest in the world. It is only in Europe that you can picnic at the foot of a castle built 700 years ago and we do just that. Indulging in the local produce on a balmy Italian afternoon you can easily transport yourselves back to ancient times and for us there on the castle lawns time stands still for a few hours. All too soon we have to head back to the city and greet our friends as they rush towards the station on their way back to London.
Grazie mille! We had a superlative weekend.